They Didn’t Know That?!?

As a medical laboratory professional, I am all too familiar with the incessant phone calls from nurses and physicians asking a variety of medical questions. What tube do I draw? How much volume do need? Can I add a test on to a specimen? Often times, those scientists working “the bench” are already overburdened with […]

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Fraud and Truth

Those of us in healthcare, and even those not in healthcare, and at one time or another have witnessed a business practice that could be constituted as questionable fraud. Fraud could be defined a couple of different ways: a) the wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain, and b) a […]

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Reflection

As I take a brief break from non-stop writing, to write this blog post, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a couple of things prior to my graduation in a few days. First, I thought it would only be fitting to share excerpts from my thesis acknowledgements page. It very much summarizes […]

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What Do They Ask?

A question I commonly receive in my messages and emails is: “What types of questions do physicians ask?” It would be unreasonable to list every question I was asked by a physician because it would be boring after the first 50 or so, but I can certainly list a few of them. I will break […]

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A Case & A Question

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a case … so here you go: A 53 year old female with a past medical history of hypertension, GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), and depression presented to the emergency room with chest pains. Standard laboratory work-up including CBC, BMP, and troponin was ordered and all were completely normal. The […]

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Wrath of the Younglings

I am trying to keep my head above water in all of the work required, so I apologize for not being able to post as often as we would all like.  As those of us in teaching facilities know, July 1st brought in a new wave of babies … aka freshly born MD residents.  With […]

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Why We Must

While I have been feverishly writing what seems to be the miniature book called a doctorate thesis research proposal, I came across some curious statistics in the literature that I thought my readership would be interested in. From a study reviewing malpractice claims: “The most common breakdowns in the diagnostic process were failure to order […]

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